Chronic Ear Infections in Children

Ear Tube Treatment from Expert ENT Physicians in Lancaster and Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Chronic ear infections and/or fluid in the ear are among the most frequent reasons children are referred to our practice. If not treated, these conditions can lead to hearing loss, behavior problems, and speech problems.

One of the most common treatment options for this condition is ear tubes—tiny cylinders placed through the eardrum. They may also be called myringotomy tubes, ventilation tubes or PE pressure equalization tubes.  Pediatric ear, nose, and throat physicians insert these tubes in an outpatient surgical procedure under general anesthesia. 

The procedure usually takes about 15 minutes to complete, and patients awaken quickly. Post-operative care includes a hearing test to ensure that hearing is improving and instructions to keep water out of the ears to prevent infection.

When children frequently complain of ear pain or repeatedly tug or pull at their ears, a chronic ear infection is often the cause. SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION with an expert pediatric ENT physician to obtain a clear diagnosis and review treatment options.